#SoundOff: 5 Thoughts On The Viral Photo Of A ‘Lonely’ Buhari In...

#SoundOff: 5 Thoughts On The Viral Photo Of A ‘Lonely’ Buhari In Malta (READ)

By Charles Novia | Op-Ed Contributor on November 30, 2015
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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (l) walks alone as heads of government of the Commonwealth take an outdoor walk at the CHOMG Meeting in Malta on November 28, 2015 | Facebook/Uhuru Kenyatta

This picture was taken from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Facebook page at the just concluded Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta.

The picture speaks volumes. Whilst President Kenyatta of Kenya in his own post was trying to show to his people and the world how he was interacting with World Leaders in the Commonwealth to discuss important issues, to the discerning, the seemingly deliberate isolation of President Buhari by the others is glaring.

Now, for the benefit of doubt, maybe President Muhammadu Buhari might have interacted more later or before but I can’t help thinking that pictorial symbolism speaks volumes.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (l) walks alone as heads of government of the Commonwealth take an outdoor walk at the CHOMG Meeting in Malta on November 28, 2015 | Facebook/Uhuru Kenyatta
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari (l) walks alone as heads of government of the Commonwealth take an outdoor walk at the CHOMG Meeting in Malta on November 28, 2015 | Facebook/Uhuru Kenyatta

In the last few days, Sahara Reporters, which is generally acknowledged as a vicious media arm of the APC and was used compromisingly during the 2015 elections, has been hitting hard at Buhari in its articles. It’s like the honeymoon is over or perhaps ‘maga nor pay finish’. Whatever it is, other media outlets which were at first effusive in support of Buhari are following suit.

I feel sorry for Buhari and I don’t dislike him as a person for the records. But I have an inkling into what he stands for in the present dispensation rather than four years ago and for that, he won’t really get much slack unless he changes a bit.

I do not think he is adequately prepared to be President of Nigeria at this time and seems to be floundering and reeling from the challenges which he has now seen were not kid’s play when he was on the outside. And I think he doesn’t have a clue on what next to do but just wants to use a stern mien to solve issues.

We will keep watching to see if he’s got the balls for the challenges. No pun intended.

Charles Novia is an award-winning filmmaker. He is founder of November Productions and November Records. Connect with him on Facebook.

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